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The Sovereignty ParadoxThe Norms and Politics of International Statebuilding$
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Dominik Zaum

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207435.001.0001

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Sovereignty in International Society

Sovereignty in International Society

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The Sovereignty Paradox

Dominik Zaum (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops the theoretical framework, discussing the concept of sovereignty and its evolution since 1945. Looking at sovereignty in terms of political authority, it argues that sovereignty must be legitimized by the way and the ends towards which it is exercised. It argues that a new ‘standard of civilisation’, encompassing democracy, human rights, the rule of law, a free market economy, and effective administration, has emerged since the end of the cold war, and has influenced sovereignty-related practices of state recognition and statebuilding.

Keywords:   authority, international administrations, intervention, legitimacy, standard of civilisation, state recognition

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